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The phone has a touchscreen smartphone which operates using Microsoft Windows phone 7 technology allowing for connectivity with all your Microsoft devices such as your PC, laptop, tablet, Xbox 360/One and importantly Microsoft's email packages Hotmail and MSN. A 1GHz processor allows to operate at a very quick speed for a phone, but will drain the battery substantially if in constant use.
It uses Internet Explorer as the web browser however due to the number of websites now operating a mobile web version this is less of a problem than on your home PC (I personally use Google Chrome).
You also get Microsoft Office mobile version which allows you to download Excel or Word files to your phone. It's not particularly easy to use and doesn't have the functionality of the PC version. As with most smartphones, you have access to the application market, in this phone called the "Marketplace" which allows you to download apps for free or to pay for them. This is set up through my Xbox account. Disappointingly Microsoft do not have access to all applications which means you won't be able to use apps advertised on certain television shows as they are usually only available to Android or Apple customers.
The applications can be pinned to the home screen (picture 1) or accessed from a complete list (picture 2). The calendar also connects to your Hotmail calendar. It also means that if you add an appointment on your phone it will automatically transfer it to your PC at home.
The HTC Pro 7 features a 5 MP camera, which is pretty sharp in comparison to my current phone. You can adjust the resolution in increments of 1 MP for photos which you don't need to be quite as sharp to allow for smaller file sizes.
It is operated using a small button on the right-hand side of the phone but can also take photographs simply by touching the screening. There is a slight delay however so this isn't the best for taking shots of moving things like wildlife or sports events.
The phone has 8 Gb of internal memory so you will be able to store many games on it but you can't add memory upgrades.
Accessible by flipping the screen is a QWERTY keyboard. The size is just right to allow quick typing. For writing a long text it speeds up the process.
It claims to manage up to 275 hours on stand-by and up to 4 hours talk time but given that most people will use it for the internet and playing games this will never be seen in your time with this phone!
You'll struggle to find one of these nowadays as it was released in 2011, but you'll find the Mozart which is basically the same on eBay for £40. It doesn't have the keyboard though.
The USB charge point being on the side instead of the bottom cancels out this positive!
*Edited from my Ciao review*